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i'm melissa rehberger. 1:00 in the east, 10:00 in the west. breaking news in tunisia. the deadly attack in berlin. three people are now in police custody, including the nephew of the berlin attack's main suspect, anis amri.
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nbc's lucy calf november is following the story. they are part of the same terror group, correct? >> that's right. tunisia authorities believe they have uncovered a ring of sports. three suspects arrested this saturday by the security forces. the country's interior ministry saying he was nabbed in the hometown. amri wiring his nephew cash in order for him to be able to join his uncle in europe. we know that amri pledged allegiance to the isis leader. there was video of that. he was trying to get his nephew to join, as well. tunisia's interior ministry saying he admitted he had been in touch with amri via the telegram messaging app and amri allegedly urged him to pledge allegiance also.
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he said his uncle was a prince of a group. the other two suspects we don't know much about. except they were arrested in tunis. authorities will no doubt be looking into the details of this group in the day ahead. as well as into how amri was able to cross so many borders from germany to france, crossing into italy by 9:00 p.m. on thursday, then milan four hours later. all of this taking place with authorities on high alert. melissa? >> thank you, so much. happening now, a snowstorm hitting the country's mid section is threatening to hamper travel plans for millions this holiday weekend. both on the road and in the air. nbc's kerry sanders is at miami international airport. kerry, what's the situation like where you are? >> reporter: well, of course, it doesn't snow here. so we don't see that big of a delay here. but what you do see is the sort of cascading effect of the dominoes of when it gets delayed elsewhere, flits in and out
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here do get caught up in that. as we look at the misery index, you can see what's going on across the nation. we have right now 306 flights delayed, 5 cancelled. sort of the worst part of the country that we're looking at right now is, believe it or not, los angeles. we do know that the weather is bad out in certain parts of the country. then we have some delays at dfw, and, of course, in chicago. and this is sort of what you would expect on a day where we have 103 million people traveling. although the majority of people, as you see right here, are traveling by car. if you're traveling by car today, do recognize that you're sharing the road, so take your time. my plan was, i have this microphone here to talk to some passengers. but as you can see, even at the security line, which had been packed here this morning, kind of empty. people have all seemingly here, at least, made their way out to the sayer si air side to get on their flights. so for those heading on merry christmas and hanukkah family
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celebrations, they're well on their way, at least from miami. >> no security lines. more on the storm causing delays for holiday travelers. msnbc meteorologist bonnie schneider joins me now. bonnie, where are the trouble spots today? >> well, melissa, you heard about the airport delays we're facing in dallas and phoenix, weather-relate the especially in arizona as moisture comes in from california into arizona. we're seeing snow in the higher elevations. a vigorous storm system that impacts so many americans. we have rain in sandiego, still kind of lingering in las vegas dealing with wet weather. as the system emerges, we're going to see that snow get heavy at times in utah and eventually in colorado, and eventually a blizzard. this will happen on christmas day right through the northern plains as the cold air wraps behind this low. those wind gusts could climb up to 5 miles per hour. so blowing and drifting snow, making vizability nonexistent.
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not advisable to be traveling. and minneapolis, starting the day tomorrow with freezing rain on christmas morning. eventually changing over to rain. for those traveling in the afternoon, on christmas, we're running the risk for severe weather. in terms of thunderstorms, damaging winds are possible, heavy downpours, frequent lightning. this is all the way from kansas into nebraska and oklahoma. a white christmas is definitely possible across much of the mountain west into the northern plains, where it will be dangerous, unfortunately, because of the blizzard. and rain continues across the carolinas and tennessee. well into the mid atlantic. and we're watching for at least that rain to linger on, maybe even bring wintry weather to northern new england. just a heads up, at the end of the holiday weekend, we could be facing more airport delays sunday and monday. >> bonnie, thank you. well now to politics. a vacationing president obama is using his weekly address for the last time as president to wish everyone a merry christmas. he and the first lady also took a moment to review his administration's accomplishments during the last eight years.
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>> this year's whois white house holiday theme is the gift of the holidays. our decorations reflect some of the greatest gifts of the nation from our military families to the life-changing impact of a great education. >> we secured health insurance for another 20 million americans and new protections for folks who already had insurance. we made america more respected around the world. took on the mantle of leadership in the fight to protect this planet for our kids and much, much more. by so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we first got here. and i'm hopeful we'll build on the progress we've made together in the years to come. president obama's comments come at a time when he is facing backlash over the u.s. decision to abstain from a vote demanding israel put an end to jewish settlements. the move allowed the measure to pass. israel had reportedly lobbied the trump camp to push the obama white house to veto the measure. a number of democrats parted ways with the obama
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administration on the unprecedented diplomatic snub. also new reaction to the fallout over the fbi and cia's conclusion that russia interfered in the u.s. election to help trump win. as the president-elect aises putin for telling clinton and the democrats they're reaction to the loss is humiliating and one must able to lose with dignity. the ranking member of house intelligence committee and "washington post" op-ed is ramping up the bipartisan call for a congressional review of russia's involvement. joining me now is erin mcpike, and a reporter for "the hill." molly, let's start with you. this week, the president-elect seemed to announce a major policy and national security decision about u.s. nuclear capability via twitter, of course. how unprecedented is that, and where does it lead once he's in the white house? >> well, just the fact that we have a president-elect who is still communicating with the
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u.s. via twitter, that's unprecedented. and in and of itself. but keep in mind that he is still the president-elect. he's not the president yet. and so, you know, it feels like he's still in campaign mode. this is a man who isn't a politician. he wasn't a politician. it's one of the reasons why people liked him so much, he doesn't speak in politics-speak. he doesn't speak in talking points that were carefully crafted by an attorney. so it's unclear what's going to happen when he actually becomes president. but as of now, he is not the president of the united states. he's not making international foreign policy. >> on thursday, trump's counselor, kellyanne conway, tried to explain the nuclear tweet to my colleague, rachel mod mad ow. >> he said he's going to expand our nuclear capability. >> what he's saying is, we need to expand our nuclear capability -- really our nuclear readiness or ability to be ready for those who also have nuclear
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weapons. he'sutting the world on notice that he will do what he thinks he needs to do to keep us safe and secure. >> by expanding our nuclear keepability. i mean -- >> not trying to change policy through twitter. >> so, erin, what do you make of this? >> well, look, i would take what kellyanne conway says at face value. what has surprised me over the last 24/48 hours, is that so many people are taking what donald trump put on twitter at face value. we should know by now that donald trump issues a lot of opening selvos that don't necessarily go anywhere. what i would remind you of is during the campaign, donald trump said if he were elected, he would appoint a special prosecutor and go after hillary clinton and seek to lock her up. and his supporters continue to want that. but after he became president-elect, that very promise vanished. i think it's important to know that donald trump doesn't always mean what he says on twitter. it's a way for him to thump his chest and to communicate with his supporters. now, to molly's point, what will happen after january 20th.
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>> a lot will change as donald trump put on twitter just this week. a lot is going to change. and i would remind everyone that president obama couldn't even have an iphone during his time in office, because secret service couldn't secure it. he had to have a blackberry. so donald trump is not going to be able to issue these same sort of pronouncements on twitter once he becomes president. a lot will change in the way he does communicate with his supporters and the rest of the country. >> molly, do you think there is a strategy behind trump's tweeting? throwing out these provocative statements, and ideas? you know, without explaining them? >> this gos back to erin's point. he likes to thump his chest. he's a chest-thumper. and so i'm not sure if there is a lot of strategic thought behind him. i mean, on that -- saying that, though, you know, when it comes to the foreign policy aspect, i don't see it as much. perhaps maybe with his -- when he puts out tweets about business deals, with the carrier, you know, when he puts out a tweet about the boeing
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aircraft that's going to be the next air force one, being $4 billion, we're not paying for that. perhaps then there is a strategy. but it just sort of seems like the strategy is kind of confusion. >> molly, how much do you think the obama administration's decision to abstain from that u.n. vote, which is used as a setback for our relations with israel? a lot of democrats took a stand against the president, correct? >> absolutely. i mean, one of the key democrats to take up stand against it was senator schumer, incoming minority leader of the senate. so especially when trump gets involved in the beginning, it's just unclear as to what effect or impact that had on president obama's decision. but it sounds like it's sort of muddied the water for president obama moving forward with either ab staining or vetoing. >> erin, trump tweeted against the president's position on this, and this morning in a new article, the "new york times" characterizes trump's transition so far as a bit of a turf war
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between him and president obama. how unusual is that? and who do you think is winning? >> well, it is -- i don't know i would characterize either one of them as winning. but it definitely is a move away from tradition. president obama, of course, has made clear that he might not silent after president-elect trump takes office. which is moving away from the past. president bush kind of went into hiding, if you will, after president obama took office. as many presidents have. but president obama has said he is going to help recruit democratic officials and try to rebuild the democratic party. but these two men have been very kind to each other in public. now, as to the abstention from the vote, i would remind you, president obama and benjamin netanyahu have not had a very good relationship throughout president obama's tenure and this is his way of thumbing his nose as he leaves office so that president-elect trump will have to reset relations there. >> so molly, what's the conventional wisdom in
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washington? do you think that trump is overstepping? should he wait until he takes office to start making policy pronouncements? >> well, the conventional wisdom is the incoming president generally does wait to make the policy pronouncement, especially on the foreign policy stage. but again, the one thing that's clear about this past year and about the election is that convention is pretty much thrown out. president-elect trump is not the person that we necessarily expected would be the president. he won this election by very unconventional means, and so to expect him to sort of sit back and follow these interregimented rules that have -- that are kind of known under the surface, we couldn't expect that to happen. and going to erin's point, president obama, he's just moving up the street to california calla rama so he'll be close tabs on what president trump will be doing. >> thank you so much. >> thank you.
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barricades. not the type of holiday ornaments you would expect to see around the christmas tree. >> we have seen some of the cops carrying what look like either ak-47s or assault rifles. >> just a little extra alert. keep an extra eye on your kids and bags. >> reporter: this attack on a berlin marketplace left 12 people dead, a fresh reminder to major cities across the world on holiday alert. in london, more police patrolling the palace. >> the policemen are everywhere. >> reporter: while australian authorities charged four suspects for allegedly plotting a christmas day attack. >> it is a time of happiness, and joy. these terrorists sought to disrupt it. they have been thwarted. they are in custody. >> reporter: here at home, it's as much about prevention as it is response. in boston and philadelphia, more police have been assigned to patrol holiday sites since the berlin attack. while the fbi currently investigates claims that isis
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supporters called for attacks against american churches. >> it's important to put this in context. it did not come from isis. most isis sources online have no idea what this is or where it came from. so it's by no means official. >> reporter: in new york, security lined up at the historic saint patrick's cathedr cathedral. greater police presence routine during the holidays. and this year, a specially trained police unit armed with guns to respond to potential shooters. >> you can't protect every place all of the time or you protect nothing. so we do analysis of high visibility locations, high-travel locations. and then we protect them. >> reporter: there's now double the security in a lot of major cities across the country. for example, here in new york city, there are white cement barricades intended to prevent any driver from plowing through the sidewalk and potentially hurting pedestrians. in terms of response, there is also an elite unit, specially
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trained to find any active shooter. let's bring in michael balboni, former homeland security adviser for the state of new york. how serious is this call for attacks against u.s. holiday gatherings and also churches? >> reporter: one of the things to consider, it did not come from an official site. but if it did come from an official site, that's not how this works. we give the isis and al qaeda forces a lot more credit than they are due with the type of direction and oversight, and even motivations. when you take a look at the recent attacks in the united states, whether it's bernardino or orlando, you saw individuals who had been on the radar screen, but didn't present enough of a threat at the time to be detained or in custody. so they went out, they developed their -- plot their attack and then they perpetrated it.
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it was not as a result of the call, though there have been certainly messaging out there. and "inspire" magazine had been the playbook. and for years, said, you know, build a bomb and in a pressure cooker like we saw at the boston marathon, take trucks and run down people as we saw in canada and france and in the marketplace. what is, of course, for them the best that they can do if they don't have the resources to be able to launch an attack is inspire others and get people just to get involved in their own communities and commit these very random acts against soft targets, civilian targets. >> as you just mentioned, this threat comes from isis supporters, not isis itself. is this a sign of a trend towards more lone wolf type attacks? and if so, does it require a different type of response? >> that has been the challenge for security forces throughout the world, frankly. that you have these individuals who are not a part of an
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organized cell, though certainly we saw it in paris and the paris and brussels attacks. but here in the united states, we have individuals who decided they are going to take matters into their own hands and they may have had some support, but they haven't had the traditional support we see or we have looked before, like a cell, where you receive funding, you receive training. and so what is very important, and also very challenging for law enforcement services is how do you track an individual if they go overseas and they do get some training. how do you track them when they become radicalized. the question is, in this society, how do we take statements on twitter, statements in social media and facebook and turn it into an investigation. very, very difficult. >> well, you know, sort of to that point, the berlin truck attacker was on the radar of local authorities, but so were hundreds of others. if he's on the radar, you wonder how does he slip through the
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cracks to commit such a big terror attack. if this was the u.s., do you think that officials here would have lost track of someone in this way? >> it is so difficult when you have an initial interview with an individual to be able to have the concrete evidence that allows you to move forward with a prosecution with, again, a detention or a -- in custody situation. because you don't know what they're really going to do. and you need to have an overt act. that is, they do something. it's -- speech, particularly in this nation, in and of itself is not a crime. and even -- some hate speech, of course, you can deter that. but for the most part, if someone is just talking about the fact he doesn't like what's going on in this country and needs to change direction, and isis has a point, that -- those statements, as outrageous as they may be, are not illegal in and of themselves. it is the next step. and that is the crucial element for the fbi, for police departments like in los angeles and new york city. when do you come in?
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when do you say you've gone from aspirational to operational? when has that switch been flipped and now you're going to take the steps necessary to build that bomb, get those weapons and target different soft targets. >> so german officials say they had to reallocate resources to other potential threats. when the berlin suspect was under earlierer this year, is that what happens in the u.s. as well? you track somebody but then something perhaps hotter, bigger, whatever you call it, comes up and you're forced to divert your attention? >> there are so many different threats, so many different pieces of information. it is such an art form as appear opposed to a science. it never happens like we see in the popular tv shows. you get some piece of information, maybe you have somebody else that verifies it. oftentimes, it is just a dead end, doesn't go anywhere. but -- and to have just the right information at the right time and to be able to stop the attack, very, very difficult. what we have been very good at doing is deterring individuals by police presence.
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by really good intelligence work. the fbi has been very successful in mounting operations where they've offered somebody the ability to do an attack when they take them up on it, they have come in, arrested them and they prosecute them successfully. that doesn't always happen. and your point is absolutely essential. to mount a travails operation of a single individual over a 24-hour period takes a tremendous amount of resources. and you just have so many different threats, so many different pieces of information. you have to run down. that your resources are limited. >> do we have any advantages here in the u.s. that are more difficult to overcome in europe? just because europe is a sprawl of different countries? >> well, i think what you have in europe you really don't have here, as we saw in some suburbs in brussels, for example, you have enclaves of individuals. in england, as well, where there's an ability to get support from other families, that you have a place to hide, potentially. and the other thing we just saw with the christmas day truck attack, is that this individual
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was able to get through several different countries, get across several different borders at a time when they were on high alert, looking for this guy, the most wanted individual in europe, and yet he was able to move through several different countries. and the information we have is by train. i think that hopefully what we have in this nation is a much better, much more locked down security system. and frankly, the large part of that is the public. that the united states public is really good at paying attention, generally speaking, to their surroundings, and they provide invaluable resources for security forces. >> michael balboni, thank you very much. >> thank you. the big jump in obamacare enrollment. what does that really mean, anyway? if the health insurance program is repealed? that's ahead. next, the latest on a legendary hollywood actress and her battle for survival. for lower back pain sufferers,
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actress carrie fisher remains in intensive care after suffering a medical emergency on a flight yesterday. more details about her condition are not known at this time. president-elect donald trump, his remarks making headlines today. "morning joe"'s mika asked him to clarify his twitter remarks on expanding nuclear capabilities. >> the president-elect told you what? >> let be an arms race. we will in and out match them at every pass. >> and outlast them all. >> and outlast them all. >> russian president vladimir putin said on friday, the kremlin is trying to build arms capable of getting through missile defenses. nbc's tammy leitner is in honolulu traveling with president obama. i understand there is yet another issue that's causing strain between the incoming and outgoing administrations.
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>> reporter: hey, melissa. there is no doubt that the president and the president-elect are at odds over the issue of israeli settlements. donald trump has intervened, possibly, in an effort to sideline president obama. trump had contact with two foreign governments, egypt and israel. possibly to change the outcome of how this -- how this played out. we know that president obama is here on vacation with his family. but he is still very much involved. he's taken many calls with his security team, that obviously led to the u.s. abstaining from the vote. now, was this a way of as i understand sending a message to donald trump? that is a possibility. definitely a possibility. u.n. ambassador samantha powers weighed in on the issue. let's listen to what she had to say. >> the security council reaffirmed its established consensus that settlements have no legal validity. the united states has been sending a message that the settlements must stop. so our vote today is fully in
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line with the bipartisan history of how american presidents have approached both the issue and the role of this body. >> reporter: and melissa, there is obviously a very blatant power struggle going on between the outgoing president, who preserved his legacy and the incoming president to assert himself as the future president of the united states. >> tammy, president obama and president-elect trump have said that they talk, and that so far they have had a smooth and constructive relationship. yet as you mentioned, they're also very publicly opposite on opposite ends of major issues, like israel. how do you characterize their relationship? >> reporter: you know, i think in these last few weeks before president obama leaves office, he is doing everything that he can, as i mentioned, to preserve his legacy, and donald trump is already weighing in on issues that many other presidents have not yet weighed in on until they
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take office. >> all right. tammy, thank you. would the big increase in obamacare enrollment persuade president-elect trump to delay repealing that program? that's next.
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now to another issue creating a turf war between the current administration and president-elect trump. obamacare. the health care initiative hitting a high just as the trump transition team vows to scrap it. the health and human services secretary said this week, enrollment on the federal exchange is outpacing last year's numbers. joining me now is huffington post senior reporter, jeffrey young, who covered the development. jeffrey, you reported that 6.4 million people in 39 states where it's offered signed up for coverage starting in january. that number is up. 400,000 over last year. many of those are existing customers, automatically
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reenrolled. but the program has been plagued by complaints of high premiums and limited choices. so what exactly is driving the increase? >> willing, in an alternate universe, we're all talking this week about how there is promising news in the affordable care act front. you already mentioned that enrollment number. that doesn't include everyone. there are millions more people who are going to see their current plans automatically renewed at the end of the month, and then probably a couple million more in the states that run their own exchanges. which is better than people expected at this point, because of those things that you mentioned about the price increases and some states only one insurer this year. and in addition to which the ratings agency, standard & poor's reported this week that the big price increases that a lot of people saw this year look like they were going to be a one-time event. and that future years, the price increases would be lower. that market seems to be correcting itself according to standard & poor's. if there weren't repeal looming on the horizon, we might be talking about how this
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experiment in a new market for health insurance maybe looks like it's starting to work better. >> to that exact point, given mr. trump's vow to slash and replace obamacare, does any of this matter? >> it's hard to say. not only do they not like it, but they have promising their core of voters for years and years they were going to do away with this terrible obamacare. so it's pretty hard to see how they get out of that at this point. however, there are a handful of republican senators who are publicly expressing their concerns about the approach that leaders in congressup.
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we're currently at a historic low, almost entirely because of the affordable care act between the subsidies for private insurance and the expansion of medicaid for the poorest households in the states actually participating in that. you know, it's been effective in that one way, and if you take that away, people are going to lose their insurance. and whatever republicans may ultimately decide to do about the health care system down the line, they're not willing to spend the kind of money the democrats were to subsidize all that coverage. so it's very difficult for me to see how they could cover the same number of people through whatever mechanism they may choose.
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>> in fairness, in one of his earliest interviews, president-elect trump said that he would keep the preexisting condition situation, and allow for children to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, right? so is that possible? >> well, i mean, it's -- i suppose nothing is impossible in public policy. the problem especially with the preexisting conditions part is that that's the reason why some people's insurance rates went up. in the old days, before the affordable care act, insurance companies could just refuse to cover people who were sick or who had medical histories that, you know, of -- they had cancer or broken bones in their past. so consequently, the people who were the most expensive were kept out of the market, which kept prices lower for everybody else. you can't cover all of those people without something to offset their costs. and in the case of the affordable care act, it's a mix of financial assistance for poor and middle class families and the mandate that everyone hates to buy insurance, which is there to make sure that people who are currently healthy are paying into the system and not just waiting until they get older and
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sicker to buy insurance. >> so do you think the reason jump in enrollment gives democrats a little bit of leverage in congress? in other words, will it be harder for congress to program that even more constituents depend upon? >> well, maybe a little bit. as i mentioned, before, between democrats in the senate and this handful of republicans, including the chair of the health committee, who are concerned about having this two, three, four-year limbo period where the health insurance companies and consumers don't have any idea what the market will look like in the future, that, you know, that will cause immediate problems. and the other thing is that, you know, it's a really easy talking point for democrats, because it happens to be mostly true, if you repeal this law, you're going to kick a lot of people off of their insurance. and the affordable care act has never been popular, but americans generally, when you poll them, don't like the idea of just booting people off their benefits. >> jeffrey, thank you. >> my pleasure. if you go to the movies this holiday week, you might notice more space-related films than
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real talent from real life. >> norman, would you please tell them what a good singer i am? >> oh, yeah. you were great, honey. by the way, the bathroom sink is blocked again. >> that prize is mine. >> everyone in this city gets a shot at being a star on my stage! ♪ >> well, that is a clip from the newest animated film, "sing," out christmas day, which also happens to be one of the biggest days at the box office all year. joining me now to talk about some must-see movies, fandango correspondent, nikki novak. >> might just sing through this whole segment. >> well, it is the holidays. and a lot of families go to the movies. looking for something on the
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lighter side. so what do you think they should see? >> "sing," you just showed the clip, is probably the best example of a family movie this year for people to see. there are a couple comedies. we're used to seeing family comedies in the past. this year, "why him". both very r-rated, very raunchy. so "sing" i think is going to benefit from that, have huge numbers. some predict around $80 million. i've got to say, matthew mcconaughey singing "call me maybe" worth going to the theater just for that. >> you know, a lot of movies are taking on a space theme, it seems, this season. what's going on with that? >> i don't know, do people want to escape from earth? did something happen in the last month? maybe, maybe not. you know, i think it's a happy coincidence, because the space movies that are out this season couldn'ting more different other than there is a space theme. "rogue one" is the movie that everybody is going to be talking about. number one at the box office.
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"rogue one" aptly titled. number one last week, it will be number one again this weekend and i think it's done $450 million. of course, we have to mention carrie fisher, thoughts and prayers go out to her. such strange timing. but the film is actually -- i liked it better than "the force awakens," i thought it was a better film. >> i've been hearing that. and also about "manchester by the sea" kasie affleck and paul williams. let's take a look at that clip. >> okay. >> which part are you having trouble? >> i can't be his guardian. >> your brother provided for your nephew's upkeep. i think the idea is he would relocate. >> relocate to where? >> it was my impression you would spend a lot of time here. >> hi, sweetheart. >> i'm just a backup. >> nobody can appreciate what you've been through. and if you really feel you can't take this on, you know, that's your right. >> what do you think about this movie? >> okay. what when i saw this movie i
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was mad at it in the beginning. because it is not for the faint at heart. however, i woke up the next morning and said, that is the best movie i've seen all year. my pick for the best movie of the year. the acting, kasie affleck and michelle williams are off the charts. like i said, not -- kickly a family movie. but in terms of the reality and sort of how it was filmed, and how real it feels to me, in my opinion, the best movie of the year. >> it really is a terrific cast. as well. >> unbelievable. >> award season just around the corner. what do you think is going to be the big breakout winner this year? >> everyone has been talking about "la la land," i've been hearing about this since september, debuted at festivals. that is the front runner. in past seasons during the oscar race, we heard about maybe one or two or maybe even three movies as the front runners. i haven't heard about a movie that is sort of a standout in many, many years as this one has. and maybe for that reason, maybe
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there might be a dark horse. something else might creep up towards the end because it's been such a front-runner for so long. that said, it is a fantastic movie. stylistically, if you're going out to the movies this, you you movies this holiday season and you do want to see something more lighthearted and escape from reality, this is the movie to see. it is all butterflies and rainbows. >> how about "lion?" we don't know a lot about that movie. >> my second favorite movie of the year. this is a story -- this blew my mind. i did not know the story. the story of a 5-year-old indian boy that got separated from his family, got lost on a train, ended up through a series of events being adopted by a family in australia. over 20 years later, tracks down his family using google earth. it's like finding a needle in a hay stack. it's tears of joy. it's a heart warming movie, one of my favorites of the year. >> who is getting the earliest
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oscar buzz? it's early, but not really. >> it's never too early. we start talking about this stuffer out here in july. you're hearing about casey affleck as best actor. denzel washington for "fences." those are the two front runners. "lala land" is getting a lot of buzz in terms of best picture. in terms of acting, casey afleck, denzel washington and viola davis. >> i heard an interesting theory regarding "lalaland" because it's about hollywood and the industry. >> what are you talking about? oscar voters don't love movies about themselves at all that. never wins. that absolutely plays into it. like i said, maybe because it is such a favorite that something might creep up in the end. "moonlight" is a movie.
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>> also "a monster calls." >> bring the tissues for that one, too. there are a lot of tissue movies. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. happy holidays. >> to you, too. a last check of the holiday forecast as we look outside at the christmas tree here in new york city. will your business be ready when growth presents itself? american express open cards can help you take on a new job, or fill a big order or expand your office and take on whatever comes next. find out how american express cards and services can help prepare you for growth at find the search for relief exproften leads here.s,ces introducing drug-free aleve direct therapy. a high intensity tens device that uses technology once only in doctors' offices. for deep penetrating relief at the source.
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new video to show i. heavy rain in southern california is creating this mud flow. residents in los angeles county say the mud is about a foot deep. the cleanup effort is moving quickly and officials say things should be back to normal in just a few hours. in the northern part of the state, it is icy roads and heavy snow. this is what it looked like in blue canyon. some of that white stuff is set to make its way south for christmas day. meteorologist bonnie schneider has the last look at the forecast. who will get hit the hardest? >> we saw california getting hit
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on the north and south side. as the storm advances to the east, watch out for heavy snow into utah, including salt lake city. you'll see that snow ramp up tonight. then we'll talk about a blizzard with blowing and drifting snow. no visibility expected, especially into north dakota. keep in mind as the front advances eastward, it's tapping into warm moist air from the gulf of mexico. that is likely to trigger really hard-hitting thunderstorms. all the way from nebraska, kansas, oklahoma, this area highlighted in yellow we could see gusty winds, damaging at times and lightning. the blizzard making it white across the northern plains. if you're driving in virginia or into new jersey, long island, looking at wet weather. some light snow falling into northern new england. perfect for christmas eve. this won't hamper travel too
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